Interesting Beginnings: An Autobiographical Sketch

2nd - 8th
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Students discuss the characteristics of an autobiography. Individually, they complete a graphic organizer and a timeline of events about their life. In groups, students brainstorm ideas for an interesting sentence and write an autobiography. Afterwards, they exchange papers for proofing and make corrections.

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Rubrics for Assessing Student Writing, Listening, and Speaking Middle School

This is a fantastic collection of a wide variety of rubrics for writing, listening, and speaking! The resource contains over 14 rubrics for assessing such items as a summary, autobiographical sketch and narrative, speech, oral report, short story, and much more.

Writing and Autobiography

Are you working on an autobiographical or narrative writing unit? Bring this lesson to your class, as it takes young writers through the process of drafting and sequencing an autobiography. After observing and demonstrating steps of the writing process, they read and discuss examples of poetry, and write a letter to themselves. Additional activities include reading a passage from a memoir, creating a friendship graffiti wall, and writing about an adventure.

African-American Autobiography for the Middle School Student

Students are introduced to the characteristics of an autobiography. For each author, they research their life and works and discuss why it reflects different time periods of African-Americans. In groups, they brainstorm characteristics of a character and the setting they are going to use in writing their fictional autobiography. To end the lesson, they share their writings with the class.

All About Me

Students are introduced to the characteristics of an autobiography. After reading excerpts from "The Diary of Anne Frank", they discuss how two people can see the same event in different ways and write about the event in the journals from two different perspectives. To end the lesson, they create a timeline of their life and write a story of one event as a flashback.

Writing a Character Sketch

Combining descriptive and expository writing skills, middle schoolers create a character sketch about someone they know well. They use a graphic organizer to help them discuss a model character sketch and organize/write one of their own. The lesson plan could be modified for any grade level, and it could be useful when writing about a character from literature.

Writing an Autobiography

Students create a personal timeline of events to begin their autobiography.  In this autobiographical lesson, students build a description of the events of their timeline into an autobiography. Students can explain what an autobiography is.

My Autobiography

Students write their own autobiography. They fill out a worksheet to help them organize their personal information. They create their own website displaying their information and share with the class.

Writing an Autobiographical Incident

Students write autobiographical incidents. In this writing instructional activity, students describe a scene which will include remembered feelings, reflections, and relationships of some importance to them.

Autobiographical Magazines

Use the four modes of writing to create an autobiographical magazine to present to the class. Middle schoolers design a collage cover using pictures to express events in their lives and use computer technology for word processing and desktop publishing.

School Autobiography

Students write an autobiography of the their school years.

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